Arrivals at the Athens International Airport rose by 6.5% in January 2018, compared to the same month in 2017, airport authorities said on Monday.
Despite a drop in the number of domestic passengers (3.2%) due to a reduced number of domestic flights, international passenger rates continued to climb, resulting in the year-on-year rise.
In January 2018, the airport handled 1.28 million passengers over 1.20 million for the same month in 2017. The breakdown for the first month of the year was as follows: domestic passengers totaled 416,965 (over 430,901), and international passengers totalled 868,685 (over 775,908).
In terms of numbers of flight, there was an overall rise of 4.8% (from 11,898 in January 2017 to 12,471 in January 2018). The number of domestic flights dropped by 1.6% year-on-year (from 5,029 to 4,950), but international flights rose by 9.5% (from 6,869 to 7,521), airport authorities said.